Hidden Brain The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

After a long history of civil war and corruption, many Liberians didn't trust their government's attempts to control Ebola. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Panic! What We Can Learn From Chaos

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Rewinding & Rewriting: The Alternate Universes in Our Heads

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The Surprising Benefit Of Moving And Grooving With Your Kid

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Baby Talk: Decoding The Secret Language Of Babies

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

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People stand in line to enter the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Washington, where the court will hear arguments on a gerrymandering case. The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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In Gerrymandered Districts, Constituents Likely To Lose Economic Security

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Psychologist Phil Tetlock thinks the parable of the fox and the hedgehog represents two different cognitive styles. "The hedgehogs are more the big idea people, more decisive," while the foxes are more accepting of nuance, more open to using different approaches with different problems. Renee Klahr hide caption

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

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This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Media Companies Hijack Your Attention

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Carrie and Emma Buck in 1924, right before the Buck v. Bell trial, which provided the first court approval of a law allowing forced sterilization in Virginia. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY hide caption

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Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

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The idea behind "Musekeweya", or the New Dawn, is to do the opposite of what the government's notorious "hate radio" did 20 years ago as it stoked ethnic hatred during the genocide carried out by Hutu extremists. Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Romeo & Juliet In Kigali: How A Soap Opera Sought To Change Behavior In Rwanda

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Sometimes it can feel like there is a terrorist attack on the news every other week. But how much attention an attack receives has a lot to do with one factor: the religion of the perpetrator. David McNew /AFP/Getty Images David McNew/ AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Radio Replay: The Weight of Our Words

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Dan Ariely has found that "what separates honest people from not-honest people is not necessarily character, it's opportunity." Gary Waters /Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Everybody Lies, And That's Not Always A Bad Thing

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Why Is Your Boss Bad At His Job? It May Be The 'Peter Principle' At Work

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

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